COREC-seminar – exchanging knowledge for improved oil recovery
01.07.2014This year’s COREC seminar was the 12th annual seminar and held more than 50 participants.
Researchers from IRIS, the University of Stavanger and the University of Oslo together with representatives from the oil companies in the Ekofisk license and from the authorities (the Research Council and the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate) were all gathered at Sola Strandhotel on June 10 and 11.
Many interesting presentations were given and each day was rounded up in breakout sessions where the synergies of the projects, the way forward and the most important knowledge gaps and challenges were identified and discussed.
The weather was gorgeous and so was the view from the seminar room.
COREC or Center for Oil Recovery was initiated by ConocoPhillips, IRIS and the University of Stavanger in 2003 and has since been a co-operation of research and education for improved oil recovery. The co-operation consists of research projects, focus on education through MSc and PhD students and the annual seminars. The annual seminar is an important arena for the researchers to learn about the challenges the license is facing, and for communication and discussions of research results.
This year the presentations from the research portfolio were within the sessions Fundamental Research, From lab to Field and EOR.
Examples of topics covered in Fundamental Research were detailed studies on different chalk materials, pore scale modeling and an experimental setup that measures flow on the micro-scale.
In the From lab to Field session it was discussed how lab-data contribute in the design of field tests, how to improve well behavior and how to optimize production; by conformance control, understanding how the seawater influences and studying production history.
The EOR session included a presentation of the status and activities so far at the National IOR center. The National IOR Center is led by the University of Stavanger and has IRIS and IFE as research partners. Technical topics discussed were how to model temperature profiles, what are the impacts of the seawater salinity on compaction and oil recovery and mechanisms for different EOR methods.
Presentations were given both from the oil company and the researchers and a competition to become “the speaker of the day” was announced for each day. The winners were Anders Nermoen from IRIS and Sriram Solairaj from ConocoPhillips.
The seminar’s moderator and the chair of the COREC Board, Kåre R. Vagle from ConocoPhillips congratulates Anders Nermoen as “the speaker of the day”.
The seminars are of vital importance for the co-operation in COREC and provide a meeting place that is highly appreciated by the participants.
And all learned that “- if you see some strange and unexpected behavior, don’t ignore it, it is the reservoir trying to tell you something”!